Drop and Tilt: A Comparison of Two Procedures to Increase the Use of Venetian Blinds to Conserve Energy

Luyben, P. D. (1984). Drop and tilt: A comparison of two procedures to increase the use of venetian blinds to conserve energy. Journal of Community Psychology, 12, 2, 149-154.

Dropping and tilting venetian blinds appropriately can reduce unnecessary heat loss through window glass. Previous research has shown that both feedback and payments can effectively alter behaviors to save energy. In the present study, prompt-only and prompt-and-feedback procedures were compared in 2 groups of faculty offices ( N = 74) in 2 buildings on a college campus. Both procedures produced increases relative to baseline rates, but the prompt-and-feedback procedure consistently resulted in greater percentages of offices with correct blind adjustment. (11 ref)

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